Abi Schaefer joined the Blue Devil staff as the Director of Aquatics in November 2015. She spent the prior six years working as the Aquatics Director for the YMCA of USA in Austin, Texas, Orlando, Fla., Columbia, S.C., and most recently, Sarasota, Fla.
Schaefer, formerly Rutledge, hails from Alpha, Ill., population of 700, otherwise known as Farm Country USA as she fondly refers to it. She earned her A.A from Black Hawk College, her B.S. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her M.S. from Western Illinois University at Macomb.
In her free time, Schaefer enjoys hanging out with family and friends, spending weekends with her husband, Larry, taking care of her two Australian Shepherds, Pistol and Rango, as well as her two cats, Hexie and Boots. She also enjoys watching anything sports related, specifically Duke basketball and Pittsburgh Steelers football.